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The will of the people : a modern myth, Albert Weale

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The will of the people : a modern myth
Title
The will of the people
Title remainder
a modern myth
Statement of responsibility
Albert Weale
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Democracies today are in the grip of a myth - the myth of the will of the people. Populist movements use the idea to challenge elected representatives. Politicians, content to invoke the will of the people, fail in their duty to make responsible and accountable decisions. And public contest over political choices is stifled for fear that opposing the will of the people will be perceived as elitist. In this book Albert Weale dissects the idea of the will of the people, showing that it relies on a mythical view of participatory democracy. The definition of 'the people' is vague and shifting. As soon as a choice between more than two simple alternatives is involved, there is often no clear answer to the question of what a majority favours. Worst of all, because governments have to interpret the results of referendums, the will of the people becomes a means for strengthening executive control - the exact opposite of what appealing to the people's will seemed to imply. Weale argues that it's time to dispense with the myth of the will of the people. A flourishing democracy requires an open society in which choices can be challenged, parliaments strengthened and populist leaders called to account.--
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Weale, Albert
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • General will
  • Democracy
  • Political participation
  • Common good
Label
The will of the people : a modern myth, Albert Weale
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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volume
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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Contents
In the grip of a myth -- Nostalgic myths -- What is a people? -- Majority willing? -- The mythical sovereign -- On being outnumbered -- Democracy without myth -- The ethics of responsibility
Control code
on1022077399
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
xii, 121 pages
Isbn
9781509533268
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40028711150
System control number
(OCoLC)1022077399
Label
The will of the people : a modern myth, Albert Weale
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
In the grip of a myth -- Nostalgic myths -- What is a people? -- Majority willing? -- The mythical sovereign -- On being outnumbered -- Democracy without myth -- The ethics of responsibility
Control code
on1022077399
Dimensions
20 cm
Extent
xii, 121 pages
Isbn
9781509533268
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40028711150
System control number
(OCoLC)1022077399

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